School has started again. Which is cool,it means I get the house to myself and The Crew. We usually just chill, but today we got into a little more music. We started with perhaps the most slept on rap album of 1994. Digable Planets followed up 1993’s Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)‘ with Blowout Comb. Instead of the beatnik feel of Reachin’,
Blowout, was a black pride rally or a blaxploitation soundtrack for the 90s. Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies), is actually a call to rally together to bring about revolution. I think. I do know that the piano is sampled from Tavares‘ Bad Times and adds the menace to the song.
A Love Supreme is… The greatest conceptual record? One of the greatest albums ever? The most important record ever made? Take your pick. It’s one of my favorite albums ever; top 5 in my “Desert” albums. It’s made up of four parts: Acknowledgement (the posted song), Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalms. It was the next step in John Coltrane‘s spiritual journey combined with his progression into free jazz. Psalms is essentially the poem from inside the cover, played by ‘Trane‘s sax. ( I did pay attention in the Jazz History class I took in college!)
When I was little, I couldn’t understand why black men would call themselves Average White Band. My Mom had to explain to me that they actually were white men. She actually had to show me a picture of them. They were that bad. Now go forward some 30 odd years later,and I’m thinking about posting something from them, so I’m doing some research. I come to find out they’re from Scotland! Scotland? Anyway, School Boy Crush is sampled in no less than 90 songs from rappers such as Too Short and Eric B & Rakim, to X-Clan and Brand Nubian (which is really ironic).
Ladies and Gentlemen:Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies) Digable Planets
A Love Supreme (Part I Acknowledgement) John Coltrane
School Boy Crush- Average White Band